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Happy New Year And My Blog Anniversary!!

Taken from Pinterest

Taken from Pinterest

I want to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year. It’s 2015 and I can hardly believe it, where did 2014 go? They say time goes faster as you get older and I think that saying is absolutely right on. I know I have said it before but it’s the honest truth, I really appreciate you all. I look to you for inspiration, you challenge me and that makes me a better cook and blogger. This month is the 3rd anniversary of the start of my blog. I had no idea what I was doing, still don’t really.There is no plan or formula. I simply write and cook what I like and hope that you like and appreciate it.

Honestly, this has been a tough year for me. Trying to balance work, I changed companies this year after a very long time with my previous company. Then there are the pugs, well the pug now, this year I lost my sweet Izzy, and that hit me very hard I don’t know if I will ever really get over it, she was very special.

I don’t make resolutions because if I don’t keep them then I fail and I don’t want to fail. I do however give myself suggestions. For example this year I want to try to hone my photography skills. Although I own a camera I still use my iPhone to take all my photo’s for the blog. I want to learn more about photography, food photography to be specific, feature more great recipes from other bloggers, lose weight, volunteer more in my community, exercise more frequently.

I am also very active in the wine community and want to learn more about wine, all aspects and wine tasting.  I have some great teachers, Michelle from Rockin Red Blog, Anatoli from Talk-aVino, Stefano from Clicks and Corks (Flora’s Table) Julian from Vino In Love, Jeff from The Drunken Cyclist  to name a few and I plan to learn from them by carefully following their blogs and asking lots of questions. This year I want to actually visit a winery, maybe in the Finger Lakes or the vineyards in Long Island, keeping it local. I am hoping for more collaboration with my wine expert friends.

In 2014 I also found some fantastic blogs that are not food related or loosely related to food, I discovered some amazing talent in writing and crafts. Teagan Geneviene@Teagan’s Books is a very talented writer and I follow her blog religiously, she weaves incredible fantasy stories based on three ingredients, each week is a different installment and the readers can suggest ingredients or items which are incorporated into the story for that episode, it’s fascinating and exciting. Lord David Prosser@Barsetshire Diaries is incredible, you follow his exploits on his blog, it’s kind of like a Seinfeld episode, you are with Lord Prosser  throughout the day from when he wakes following him all day and into the night and peppered in are lovely photo’s and some great music. It’s so much fun.  Then there are the craftsmen, Michael@Michaels Woodcraft makes the most amazing cutting boards, ice cream scoops and anything that can be carved out of wood. You probably remember the giveaway here for one of his cutting boards and scoops. There are those that are harbingers of all that is beautiful and drool worthy, House of KTS (previously pure and complex) and Lynne Knowlton from Design the Life You Want to Live,  Daniella who could crochet a house for you, Sharon who has a heart as big as Texas with her love for Special Needs Pets. Photographers, Patty Nguyen, The armchair Sommelier (wine and photography), Justine@eclecticoddsnsods, writing, photography, food, humor.

My wish for each of you reading this blog is that all of your dreams and aspirations come true and that you enjoy health, happiness and success in 2015. I want to thank you for putting up with me, following my blog, offering support and kindness and I so appreciate it all. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

Before starting A Pug In The Kitchen I was very active in the food scene, I was a regular on the sites of both Food52 and Whole Foods Market, I regularly entered contests and was lucky enough to win some.  It was competitive cooking that inspired and excited me and gave me the courage to start a food blog. Thank you all that voted for my recipes and gave me encouragement.

Here is a little trip down memory lane. This is my first post ever which I wrote and sat on for a week, petrified to press the publish button, the fear of the unknown I guess. Would anyone read my blog, would they like it, do I really have anything of substance to offer. All those thoughts flooded into my mind but eventually I took the plunge and found a warm and welcoming community.

Mixed Citrus Curd

Mixed Citrus Curd

This was my first post on January 14th 2012 for Mixed Citrus Curd. Actually my first recipe, the first post was a very scared me explaining that I would post something as soon as I could.

Here are some of my favorite photo’s that were taken in the last 3 years:

Her cupcake leash- Izzy

Her cupcake leash- Izzy

Nando

Nando- when he was younger he loved to sit in the window

May 2012 Daisey

May 2012 Sweet Daisey Izzy and Nando’s BFF

Photo by James Ransom for Food52

Photo by James Ransom for Food52- Flank Steak on Texas Toast With Chimichurri contest winner on food52 and published in their cookbook

Photo by James Ransom for Food52

Photo by James Ransom for Food52-Whipped Chocolate Caramel Ganache- contest winner food52

Jerk Chicken Photo by James Ransom contest winner Whole Foods

Jerk Chicken Kebab Photo by James Ransom contest winner Whole Foods

Tomato And Goat Cheese Tart

Tomato And Goat Cheese Tart

Galette

Galette With Blackberries and peaches

Mosto Cotto Fig And Goat Cheese Tart

Mosto Cotto Fig And Goat Cheese Tart

Triple Chocolate cake

Triple Chocolate cake

Beef Kabobs on Flat Bread

Beef Kabobs on Flat Bread

Open Face Steak Sandwich

Open Face Steak Sandwich

Campari sorbet and soda

Campari sorbet and soda

The best doughnuts

The best doughnuts from Dough at the Brooklyn Flea

Belgian Endive, orange, pecan, micro greens

Belgian Endive, orange, pecan, micro greens

My apologies this post was supposed to be maybe a paragraph but I just couldn’t help myself. If I didn’t mention you it’s only because this post would have to be the length of War And Peace if I included all of you. but you know I am so happy to have met you all and look forward to 2015 and more from each of you. Special shout outs to:

Carla, Jocelyn, 2 Cheryls, Rhonda, Sonal, Prudy, Mochi, Chitra, Margot, Laura, Vivianna,  Emily, Jess, Louie, Amit, Johnny, Lindy, Pat, Bevi, Cynthia, 2 Linda’s, Justine, Julian, Jeff, Anatoli, Francesca, Stefano, Holly, Sharon, Lina, Sean Munger, Elaine, Virginia, Brandi, Kim, Olga, Loretta, Nancy, Amy, Cindy, Angie, Jhuls, Aleksandra,Tracey, 2 Liz’s, Amy, 3 Sarah’s, Amanda, Stacey, House of KTS, 2 Ginger’s, 2 Michelle’s, Georgie, Jenn, Sue, Mimi, Patty, Fae, Azita, Katerina, Laila, Hoda, Sadia, Susan, 2 Melissa’s, Christin, Pamela, the Patron of the Pit,  my lovely friends from Ireland, India, the UK, Australia, Dubai, Canada and all of you whose blogs I follow and try my best to comment on or at least let you know I like. Best wishes for a wonderful 2015!!

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  1. Happy New Year, AND a great big Happy Blogaversary to you Suzanne 😀

    January 1, 2015
    • Hi Jess, Happy New Year..Thanks so much look forward to more deliciousness from you in 2015.

      January 1, 2015
  2. Feeling hungry and inspired looking at your post. Wow Yum! Our creations don’t look too bad in the end but our cooking adventures are extremely chaotic cooking with two cooks while I was having chemo last year and dog underfoot. Sorry you lost your beloved Pug during the year. My daughter has a real thing for pugs. I’m a fluffy dog person. We have a border collie and gained Lady, the border collie x Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
    Happy New Year and I’ll be back.
    xx Rowena

    January 1, 2015
    • Hi Rowena, I cooked for my Mom while she was having chemo, it’s tough because the palate changes because of the drugs. I hope you are doing alright now. Thank you, losing Izzy was a real blow and very hard for me, it’s funny I always had large dogs before I got Izzy and now I am totally smitten with pugs. They are so much fun and quirky. I love border collies, so smart and the cavalier King Charles Spaniels are beautiful and regal. Thank you so much and Happy New Year.

      January 1, 2015
      • I remember when we lost our last Border Collie, Zorro, we were heartbroken. We got him shortly after getting engaged and had him for a couple of years before our son was born. In that time, he went everywhere with me. I worked part time and we’d go to the beach etc When the vet told me that he had a tumour I was dumbfounded and I asked him how much time he had left thinking something like 6 months or so and he said days. It didn’t really sink in and we took him home and let him die naturally. Not the best idea but I just couldn’t believe he was that ill. Our current BC is 8 now like Zorro and I thought we’d have an overlap with the next dog but I don’t think it will make it any easier when his time comes. He is his own dog, just like your Izzy..one of a kind.

        January 3, 2015
      • I am so sorry to hear about Zorro, you are so right it’s never easy and their lives seem so short and at times so fragile. Izzy had been ill for a while, she had diabetes like Nando but had other problems that were insurmountable. The diabetes I could have dealt with but her respiratory problems which resulted in heart problems are what ended up taking her life. It leaves a huge hole in your heart and life. Zorro and Izzy were one of a kind and I will always miss her.

        January 3, 2015
  3. Barbara #

    Happy New Year.

    I’m with you in wanting to learn more about food photography. I know my lighting is bad, for one thing, and I need better props. We’ll have to post about our phtography finds this year.

    We used to adopt greyhounds (5 total), and probably will again someday. We have an English Springer right now and my daughter has Boston Terriers.

    January 1, 2015
    • Lighting is so hard to master. I am fine outside for the most part but in my house forget it, thats why I use my iPhone. I need to take a photography class badly.
      There are several greyhounds in my neighborhood all rescues of course, aren’t dogs great!!! Thank you so much and a very Happy New Year.

      January 1, 2015
  4. All the best to you in 2015! I have loved getting to know you…thanks for blogging!

    January 1, 2015
    • Thank you so much Laila, likewise, I love your posts they are warm and inviting and it’s like being a part of your wonderful family. Wishing you Happy New Year, health, happiness and prosperity in 2015. Thank you so much for your support.

      January 1, 2015
  5. skd #

    Thank you so much for such warm wishes 🙂 All the best . Have a lovely year ahead 🙂

    January 1, 2015
  6. skd #

    Happy blogversary to you Suzanne. May you have many more 🙂

    January 1, 2015
    • Thank you. It’s always a challenge, but I do love it and hope to continue with the blog.

      January 1, 2015
  7. Happy New Year, Suzanne! I am dying to find out what you’re going to rustle up this year 🙂

    January 1, 2015
    • Thanks Ginger well for one I am making your bread and the levain. Thank you again for the support.

      January 1, 2015
      • I so hope it works out for you – bread is such a symbolic food, bringing luck to you for the New Year!

        January 1, 2015
  8. Yum! Now that was a drool-worthy review! What a collection of delicious dishes.

    Suzanne, your kindness knows no bounds. Thank you for mentioning me and my blog. I’m just delighted to know that anyone as clever and talented as you enjoys my stories.
    It’s been a difficult year here too (thanks for putting up with my occasional spew). I understand. But you’ve kept going emotionally and physically, kept honing your craft as a chef and writer. Your continuous learning aspirations sound wonderful. I know you will do well.
    Here’s wishing 2015 brings us everything we want. Huge hugs, my friend. 😀

    January 1, 2015
    • Teagan, you are too kind. Thank you. It’s me that must thank you for your support and kindness and also for keeping us all entertained and challenged with your writing. Never doubt your talent. I wish you a very Happy New Year and I know 2015 will be a great year.

      January 1, 2015
  9. Happy New Year. A great post, I can’t wait to investigate all the blogs you’ve shared in it! Have a fantastic 2015!

    January 1, 2015
    • Thanks Holly, yes it’s so much fun seeing all the talent out there in the blogosphere. Best wishes for a fantastic 2015.

      January 1, 2015
  10. Happy new year! 🙂

    January 1, 2015
  11. Happy New Year Suzanne! I hope 2015 is better to you! I took three photography classes – beginner, intermediate, and advanced in order to help with my photography. But I still have deleted so many old posts because of the photos For me, I need more patience when t comes t photography!

    January 1, 2015
    • I need one on one, my house is very challenging. Historic row houses or townhouses can be challenged when it comes to lighting, I want someone to come here and show me settings for light and how to find the best sources. I am also short on patience which is why the quick fix with my iPhone, Thanks Mimi and Happy New Year.

      January 1, 2015
  12. Happy New Year Suzanne, and happy anniversary for your blog. It’s been quite a wonderful journey for you in the blogging world hasn’t it? Well done, your photos are beautiful, sorry to hear of some of your “down moments”. Your pugs are beautiful! Hoping to see and hear more stores of you in your kitchen 🙂

    January 1, 2015
  13. Happy Blogiversary, Suzzane! May you achieve all that your heart desires. Love and luck for everything you take up 😊 Have a fantastic 2105! God Bless 😇

    January 1, 2015
  14. Happy New Year! Really fun and yummy post–thanks for the shout out and happy blogiversary!

    January 1, 2015
  15. Great post, one I happily read through to the end – I can’t believe you took all those shots with your phone! I have a simple Canon Rebel – recommend you buy and inexpensive tripod as well. Keep cooking, writing and shooting, my friend xo

    January 1, 2015
    • Thanks Liz and Happy New Year. Yes all with my iPhone, I am going to do a post soon on photography, showing photo’s with my Canon and with the iPhone and see what everyone thinks. Maybe I need a different lens or something. Your photo’s are great, the lighting in my house is bad. I would have to take the food outside to get good shots with my camera and it’s really cold out right now and carrying all the food and props, well thats not happening. I do need a tripod though you are right. Thanks again Liz have a great day and a wonderful new year.

      January 1, 2015
  16. Happy New year my lovely puglet friend and what a treat to see some more puglet photos. I still yearn after getting another one and missing my splodge but am holding on strong as the old man said he would leave if i got another dog, that tempted me in itself but I shouldn’t say that lol. You have a lovely blog and we together shall get better at photography, angies photography of her food blows my mind, it is magazine worthy or more, I would love to be able to do what she does. I am so glad we met through her FF posts and look forward to much fun togeth erxx

    January 1, 2015
    • I know right, Angie is an artist with that camera. I wish I could get just one shot to look that good. Thanks Justine, so glad to have met you and look forward to lots of fun together in 2015!!

      January 1, 2015
  17. Happy New Year Suzanne! And a great Happy Blogversary! Your blog and blogging friendship is one of the most awesome things that happened to me in this media. Your blog is a reflection of your enormous talent and skill in the kitchen and most of all, your big, beautiful heart 🙂 !

    January 1, 2015
    • What a sweet thing to say, thank you so much Viviana, I feel the same way about you. Look forward to more of your amazing recipes and gorgeous photo’s in the New Year. Best wishes, health and happiness in 2015 to you and your family!!

      January 1, 2015
      • I have been very busy all December but most surely will go back to posting this month, after my summer holidays are over!

        January 1, 2015
      • Oh thats right, it’s summer in your part of the world. Have fun and look forward to your return.

        January 1, 2015
  18. Stephanie @ The Cozy Cook #

    I LOVED reading this! I had a similar reflection today on my blog, although it’s my 1st anniversary! I like making goals for 2015, I don’t make resolutions either. I’m looking forward to following your blog this year! I always find your stories interesting and fun to read 🙂 Happy New Year!

    January 1, 2015
    • Thanks so much Stephanie, I really enjoy your blog also and look forward to 2015. Best wishes for a wonderful and exciting 2015!

      January 1, 2015
  19. Aww … love your pug! So cute!

    January 1, 2015
  20. Happy New Year and a Happy Blog Anniversary too!! I have so enjoyed blogging with you in 2014 and I am looking forward blogging with you in 2015!! Love all your recipes, those here and on Food52! I gotta get the Jerk Chicken recipe and give it a try soon, love a good jerk chicken. Thank you for mentioning me and my blog, I really appreciate it. I’ve enjoyed out friendship, big hugs!!

    January 1, 2015
    • Thanks so much Michael, without intending to sound scary (a la Kathy Bates) I’m your number one fan. LOL!!! Happy New Year.

      January 1, 2015
  21. Wonderful post! 😀 Happy New Year and Happy Blog-aversary! 😉

    January 1, 2015
  22. Jocelyn #

    love your anniversary post suzanne! love to you and nando from frank and me and angel daisey.

    January 1, 2015
    • Thank you so much, see you when you get back. It is comforting to know that Daisey and Izzy are both angels watching over us.

      January 1, 2015
  23. Happy New Year & Happy Blogiversary 😊

    January 1, 2015
  24. Awesome post. Happy New Year to you! I’m so glad you have gained so much from this blog. I know I have. How quickly a year goes by, right?! Looking forward to many more wonderful posts from you. -A

    January 1, 2015
  25. To Mom: From Izzy: Hi Mom a New Year and another year for your anniversary blogging! I am proud you were my Mom all those years…I will never forget you! Nudges to Nando for me. XoXoXo Izzy.

    January 1, 2015
  26. Suzanne, so delighted I found your Blog this year (yes, later in the year 2014), know I will be following you, trying out more of your delicious recipes, and always keeping touch! You are an amazing person; I am happy to call my friend. Best wishes for a wonderful 2015! Cheryl

    January 1, 2015
    • Cheryl, you are a very special person and one that I feel a kinship. Thank you for everything you do, can’t tell you how much it means to me. Tomorrow I am wrestling with my feelings, Nando is going to the Vet upstate, we always travelled together, Izzy and Nando and it’s going to feel very lonely without her on the trip. It will be the first time seeing the Doc since she passed, he was so upset to hear that she passed on.

      January 1, 2015
      • Most Vets get attached to their patients and they truly care! Hoping Nando gets through with flying colors this visit! I admire your determination to insure the best care for the babies! Be safe travelling and I’ll wait to hear about it via web or email! Cheryl

        January 1, 2015
      • I found a very suspicious lump on Nando’s face and need to have the Doc examine him. He see’s the vet every 6 months regularly. He needs dental work for the few teeth he has left and I think it’s possible the lump may be an infection. He was due for dental work the day after Izzy died and I cancelled not being up to the trip. We’ll see what he say’s I will let you know.

        January 1, 2015
      • Hopefully just a cyst and Doc can drain. Maybe an antibiotic for Nando?

        January 1, 2015
  27. Great post! Happy New Year and happy anniversary, Suzanne! I am looking forward to your new posts and wonderful recipes!!! Olga xx

    January 1, 2015
    • The same to you Olga, thank you so much. Really look forward to see what you will be creating in 2015!

      January 1, 2015
  28. I didn’t know whether to read the (excellent) post or to lick the screen with all the delicious looking food you placed in front of me. Congratulations on the blogiversary.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    January 1, 2015
    • Well if you did both it would make my day. Thank you so much David. Happy New Year.

      January 1, 2015
  29. Antisocial Patty #

    Happy New Year, Suzanne, and happy blogiversary. I really enjoy your posts, and I appreciate all your supportive and kind comments on my photos. Hugs, lady!

    January 1, 2015
    • Thank you Patty, hugs to you too! Look forward to more great photo’s and daring exploits in 2015!!

      January 1, 2015
  30. Happy 3rd Blogiversary Suzanne! What a lovely, thoughtful post… celebrating not only your own achievements but a shout-out to many others for the wonderful work they’ve created this year too! My own hopes for 2015 run almost in parallel to your own – perhaps we can work on some of them together, albeit from opposite sides of the world! 🙂 Here’s cheers to you and your 3 year old ‘A Pug in the Kitchen’!

    January 1, 2015
    • I really would love that, lets do a collaboration. Maybe a virtual dinner party with wine pairing or something like that. What a marvelous idea to work on something together. Oh lets do it!!! Happy New Year.

      January 1, 2015
  31. That’s such a lovely post. And never apologise for writing more than a paragraph – well, not that I’m telling you what to do! 🙂
    I’m with you on needing a new camera. Let’s hope that happens for both us.

    January 1, 2015
    • Thank you, Yes I need to learn how to use a camera, you are a great photographer, I am not. I have no idea how to gauge lighting, have no imagination or sense of how to style a photo. I really do want to learn and yes lets keep thinking positive thoughts, a new camera for us in the near future.

      January 1, 2015
  32. Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to your blog! Sorry for your loss of Izzy, stay strong!

    January 1, 2015
  33. Hi Suzanne, Happy New Year! what a beautiful post, I like your idea about giving yourself suggestions and I am so sorry about Izzy.

    January 1, 2015
    • Thank you Cheri, yes I like to suggest things to myself and hopefully I will take my suggestion and run with it. Thank you so much.

      January 1, 2015
  34. Suzanne,
    Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year! I look forward to reading and learning from your blog with every post. Wishing you the very best for 2015!

    January 1, 2015
  35. Happy New Year!

    January 1, 2015
  36. Happy New Year and Happy Blogiversary, Suzanne! I’m so glad to have met you and followed your wonderful blog. Your recipes are a constant inspiration and your online presence a comfort to many, myself included. Here’s to another fabulous blogging year and many more to come! ❤

    January 1, 2015
    • Thanks Angie, I am so glad to have met you also and that I can participate in Fiesta Fridays. I look forward to seeing you every Friday and and your recipes and artistic ability raises the bar for me. All the best in 2015!

      January 2, 2015
  37. Happy New Year and Happy Blogaversary, Suzanne 🙂 Beautiful recipes!

    January 1, 2015
  38. Happy New Year 2015! Happy Blog Anniversary! Suzanne, to me, you are the Heart of our blogging community. I am so pleased to have met you, and looking forward to years of contact through our same interest. 🙂

    January 1, 2015
    • Fae that is the sweetest thing to say, you make me blush. Thank you, I am so glad to have met you also, your peaceful nature shines through in your blog, your quiet intellect and talent is an inspiration for me. Thank you so much and a very Happy New Year.

      January 2, 2015
  39. Liz #

    Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary, Suzanne! Sounds like a tough year, but I’m betting the blog helped get you through in a way. You are amazing and an inspiration to all. Looking forward to reading more this next year.

    January 2, 2015
    • Thank you Liz, I am also so happy to have met you and really enjoy your posts, wonderful and delicious recipes, you always find a way to make me smile with your funny names posts. I so look forward to more and more in 2015 and wish you a wonderful New Year.

      January 2, 2015
  40. What a wonderful post, thank you for sharing so much with us 🙂 happy blogiversary as well as happy 2015 xx i hope your heart can continue to mend, just a little xx

    January 2, 2015
    • Thanks Elaine, I am sure it will and I am so thankful for my friends in the blogging community who offer so much support and are so caring. I really look forward to your delicious posts, amazing creativity and artistic ability. Best wishes for a wonderful 2015!

      January 2, 2015
  41. Happy blog birthday and, of course, happy New Year. I wish you luck with your suggestions, some of which I could use as suggestions for myself. 😉

    January 2, 2015
    • Thanks I suggested to myself this morning that I need to start a diet, well today is the day. My posts my suffer but I have to do it. Thank you and I look forward to seeing how you are doing in the photography course, something I need to do, how your lovely little house is coming with the renovations and I make note of the restaurants and shops for when I visit Ireland. Thanks and best wishes in 2015.

      January 2, 2015
  42. Happy New Year and happy Anniversary! It’s so encouraging to see blogs like yours, I really respect the commitment of long terms bloggers. Looking forward to seeing more posts in 2015!

    January 2, 2015
    • Thank you so much, I think you have a really wonderful blog and look forward to more from you also. Happy New Year and all the best in 2015.

      January 2, 2015
      • 🙂 I would like to do some more guest posting this year so maybe we can do that sometime as well.

        January 2, 2015
      • Would love that, I also want to have much more guest posts. Lets do it!!

        January 2, 2015
  43. Happy New Year, Suzanne! That’s a great list to pursue in 2015. I’ve always admired your photography on your blog, so you have a short hill to climb. And what a beautiful collection of blogs you’ve found–thanks for the suggestions! Wishing you all the best for a happy new year!

    January 2, 2015
    • Hi Melissa, Thank you so much, what a nice thing to say. You know I love your blog, your recipes and have great respect for your love and determination of everything local. Thank you again and a very Happy New Year.

      January 2, 2015
  44. Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year! I simply love your blog! Your sweet doggie pictures are adorable and your food….OMG! I know I have told you many times I wish we were neighbors (and I sincerely mean it) but if we were I am afraid I would weigh so much I couldn’t fit through a door! I can also tell from your posts you are a kind and caring woman! It would be such an honor to meet you some day! I need to get my butt to NYC! Cheers friend!

    January 2, 2015
    • Thanks Michelle, wouldn’t we have fun as neighbors. Would love nothing more. Thank you so much. I have so much to learn from you and I aspire to have just a little of your skill and expertise when it comes to wine. Thank you so much.

      January 2, 2015
  45. Suzanne, what an amazing journey it has been for you. I am so glad to have met you. Your spirit and recipes inspire me all the time. Wishig a happy and prosperous 2015.

    January 2, 2015
    • To you too Sonal, thank you so much, I am so happy to have met you also, you are one of the most talented bloggers I know. Thank you for your encouragement and inspiration.

      January 2, 2015
  46. Happy Blog Anniversary to you. You are one of my favorite reads and I’m so happy to have met you here! Here’s to hoping 2015 is the best year yet! Oh and those doggie pictures… I swooooon!

    January 2, 2015
    • You too Pamela, I feel like we have to meet up, we live so close to each other, Someday soon I hope. I have mad respect and envy of your gardening abilities and your blog is always so beautifully done, maintained and styled. Love it and your beautiful kitties. Happy New Year.

      January 2, 2015
  47. Congrats for your milestone and happy new year

    January 2, 2015
  48. What a great post and such a cute picture of your pug with the New Year’s hat! Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year. I hit 3 years in November – I too have a great camera and want to learn more about photography and this computer I have 🙂

    January 3, 2015
    • Do you use a macro lens? Just wondered, I think in order to get really great food photo’s you need one but I could be wrong. Thank you so much, I do plan on finding someone to teach me photography this year.

      January 3, 2015
      • Yes I do. I had to check as one of my lens says micro but the Nikon guy said it was a macro – he was not sure why Nikon confuses people with the terms. I just need to sit down and study the manual…

        January 3, 2015
      • My problem is lighting and I wonder if a macro will make that better, capture more light. Your photo’s are really good.

        January 3, 2015
  49. A very happy new year to you too Suzanne and happy blogiversary also! Some wonderful photos there (especially the adorable pugs and also your wonderful chocolate cake!).

    January 3, 2015
    • Thank you, Happy Anniversary to you and all in your household. Thank you so much.

      January 3, 2015
  50. Loved everything in 2014!! I can’t wait to see what you have cooking in 2015!! 🙂

    January 3, 2015
  51. Great post Suzanne… Thank you for sharing such wonderful moment with us… Nando, Izzy looks cute… hope Nando is doing good… happy blogiversary and fabulous year ahead… love to Nando. …

    January 3, 2015
    • Wishing you a wonderful, happy and healthy 2015, thank you so much. Look forward to more healthful dishes from you on your lovely blog.

      January 4, 2015
  52. What a wonderful, delicious, beautiful, thoughtful post. I am so honored to be included in your list of friends/blogs! Happy New Year to you and Nando. I hope this is a smoother year, and I am so excited by your plan to pursue your interest in wine more seriously. Xoxoxo

    January 4, 2015
    • Thanks Em, it has been a year of ups and downs for me and am glad we are starting a New Year. I really want to learn more about wine, so I will be able to speak intelligently to my friends who are knowledgable.

      January 4, 2015
  53. This is such a terrific post Suzanne. You inspire me so much and I really appreciate all of your thoughtful comments on my posts. I can’t believe that you take such great photos with your iPhone!! I wish you the best for 2015!! 🙂 Josette

    January 4, 2015
    • Thank you so much, wishing a great 2015 for you and your family and I really look forward to more from you on your blog.

      January 5, 2015
  54. Hey suzanne – great post. Happy anniversary and happy new year to you. Your possible “wants” for 2015 sound grew – I hope you achieve each and every one of them. Keep writing and posting. I love your blog.

    January 5, 2015
    • Thank you so much, hoping 2015 is the best year ever for you and I look forward to your posts in the New Year also. Thank you for being so encouraging and supporting. It means so much to me.

      January 5, 2015
  55. Happy for your Blog-anniversary!! So many tempting foods to investigate Suzanne! You are amazing, truly. And not just for your food, you are warm and real. That’s why I love reading your blog. — and I’m on that citrus curd– been wanting to try making lemon curd– and love, love orange marmalade. So I’m imagining this is the best of both. Look forward to all your posts ahead friend…

    January 8, 2015
    • Thanks so much Rhonda. I love citrus, and curd is one of my favorites. This one with mixed citrus is delicious, I love experimenting with flavors and mixing things up. I found another recipe for curd by Tartine Bakery that is so easy and fantastic, it’s made in the blender and you use cold butter. I have the recipe here also and have mixed it up using lemon but also other fruits and berries.

      January 8, 2015
      • Oh, that would be fun to see Suzanne! Is the consistency really different? You don’t cook it? You know so much about food!

        January 8, 2015
      • Rhonda, it’s cooked but not the butter. You cook the eggs, sugar and juice, let it cool just a little pour into a blender and add the cold butter. You don’t have to wait for it to set like regular curd recipes it’s instantly thick. Here is the recipe for the lemon curd it can be adapted using other fruit juices too.
        https://food52.com/recipes/16407-tartine-bakery-s-lemon-cream

        January 10, 2015
  56. Suzanne… this post is one of the many reasons why I just love you. You are such an inspiration… I think if I would make a New Year’s resolution, it would be to be just like you. I’d like to be able to visit my blog friends and give them the support and love as much as you do. I’m always so impressed with you for that.
    And while it was quite a sad year for you… you persevered…you made it through. My wish for you is the happiest 2015… healthiest 2015…and most prosperous (like win the lottery so you don’t have to worry about job changes and stuff…I’m in that same boat) 2015 ever. Much love to you.. ❤

    January 8, 2015
    • Thank you Prudy, you know you are one of my favorite bloggers and I love your blog, you are real, nothing fabricated but a genuine sweetheart and I love your recipes and your stories have me howling. Thank you for your support and encouragement and I wish you all the best in 2015.

      January 10, 2015
  57. ciao! wish you an enthusiastic 2015 and another year of fireworks for your blog. a huge THANK YOU…your posts bring me inspiration and whet my appetite. your blog is just the BEST!!
    thebestdressup

    January 9, 2015
  58. Happy New Year to you, Suzanne (a wee bit late, I know!) and a very happy blog anniversary as well. 🙂

    January 11, 2015

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